CSO, Palo Alto Networks
Rick Howard is the CSO for Palo Alto Networks where he is responsible for the company’s internal security program, the oversight of the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Team and the development of thought leadership for the cyber security community. His prior jobs include the CISO for TASC, the GM of iDefense and the SOC Director at Counterpane. He served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and spent the last 2 years of his career running the Army’s CERT. Rick holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy. He taught computer science at the Military Academy and contributed as an executive editor to two books: "Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures" and "Cyber Security Essentials."
Recent Podcasts with ITSPmagazine
We’ve often heard that it’s a good idea to approach and counter cyber threats by having an understanding for how the adversary thinks. Rick Howard, CSO for Palo Alto Networks, takes this concept to the next level with what he describes as the "adversary playbook;” a concept he applies to his own information security program. During his chat with ITSPmagazine’s Sean Martin, Rick categorizes the various types of cybercrime and the 6 steps criminals take to commit the crimes. Rick also shares a personal view into how he entered the field of information security, citing the Morris Worm and a book called the Cuckoo’s Egg as two key drivers behind his decision to help fight cybercrime.